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DODDRIDGE, Joseph, clergyman, born in Pennsylvania in 1769; died in Wellsburg, Brooke County, Virginia, in November 1826. He was educated at Jefferson academy, Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, and ordained in the Protestant Episcopal Church by Bishop White in 1792. He was one of the pioneers of western Virginia, and published "Logan," a dramatic piece (1823), and "Notes on the Settlement and Indian Wars of the Western Country in 1763'83" (1824). His brother, Philip, lawyer, born in Wellsburg, Virginia, in 1772; died in Washington, D. C., 19 November 1832. After a voyage down the Mississippi on a flatboat, he studied law, and soon gained a brilliant local reputation. He was a delegate from Brooke County to the Virginia legislature in 1815, and for several years a member of that body. He also served in the state constitutional convention of 1829'30, and was an earnest advocate there of the white basis of representation. He was elected to congress, and served from 7 December 1829, till his death, while he was acting on a committee to codify the laws of the District of Columbia.
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